British Columbia Kodály Society of Canada

Past Events

Spring 2017 Workshops

Saturday, April 22 - Victoria Spring Workshop- Cancelled

Choral Focus

Victoria, BC

Featuring Teodora Georgieva-Gitberg, Victoria Children's Choir Recital Choir Director


Saturday, April 29 - Vancouver Spring Workshop

Choral Focus

White Rock, BC

Featuring Darcy Moirrissey, Artistic Director of the Bellevue Girls Choir

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Darcy Morrissey holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Central Washington University and a M.A. in Music Education specializing in Choral Conducting from the University of St. Thomas. For ten years, Darcy taught all ages and nearly every type of music course within the Lake Washington School District.  She is the Founding Managing Artistic Director of Bellevue Youth Choirs made up of over 160 girls in Bellevue Girlchoir (est. 2012) and is proud to serve the 30 boys in Bellevue Boychoir, which is in it’s second season.  Darcy is highly sought after as a choral clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor throughout the region and serves as the Chair for Elementary and Youth Community Choirs for Washington State ACDA.  Darcy is the Choir and Conducting Instructor for the Seattle Kodály Levels Program housed at Seattle Pacific University and presents for various workshops and professional development opportunities for educations. As a professional choral singer, Darcy has been privileged to record for commercials, movie previews, movie, and video game soundtracks, including the latest installment of World of Warcraft.  She also sings with Choral Arts under the direction of Robert Bode, along with earning various awards, this group was honored to sing for President Obama and the First Lady at the White House during the 2015 holiday season. Darcy is a proud mother of two boys, Jack (7) and Aaron (5) and wife to Stephen.

Shape of the Day

9:00-9:45 am Choral Warm-Ups

9:45-10:30 am Musicianship Building in the Choral Setting: 

Exploring selections from the Bellevue Girls' Choir collection we will  use this music to show how we can pull musicianship activities from the repertoire to build chorister’s musical skills. 

10:30-10:45 am: Break

10:45-12:00 pm Musicianship Building in the Choral Setting: continued

—Break for Lunch— 

1:00-2:00 pm Great Poetry & Great Music:

Demonstrate activities to highlight and gain depth of understanding and musical expression from choral music.

2:00-2:45 pm Demo Choir: 

Members of the BC Kodály Concert Choir will be in attendance to sing and Darcy will provide feedback

2:45-3:00 pm Questions from the attendees

Cross Country Check Up - Canadian Folk Materials for Classroom and Choir

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Abbotsford, BC

MEI Elementary School

4081 Clearbrook Road

Abbotsford, BC, Canada

V4X 2M8

Cross Country Check Up - Canadian Folk Materials for Classroom and Choir

featuring Jake Autio & Cathy Pedersen


Snacks and Refreshments Provided

Cathy and Jake will explore tried and true repertoire choices from across Canada that will be useful in choirs and in the music class for holidays and for every day!  Learn how to take a choral pieces and find pedagogical gems that can be used to structure your choir rehearsals and activities to make Canadian folk music come to life! 

Fall Workshop 2016

September 17 - Victoria Fall Workshop

Sing, Play, and Move into the New Year 

featuring Orff Masters Marcelline Moody and Brenda Harvey

University of Victoria

MacLaurin Building MAC A166/A168


Includes our AGM. Soup Lunch and Refreshements Provided by the BCKSC Board Members


Marcelline Moody and Brenda Harvey will present a workshop which will include joy-filled songs, speech, movement and instrumental activities designed to strengthen your students’ musicianship and creativity. 


Kodály Institute for the Day

Spring 2016 Workshops 

Kodály Institute for the Day


University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd., Victoria, BC 

MacLaurin Building, Room MAC A166/168 (Music Education Wing)

 Saturday, April 16, 2016


Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave., New Westminster

Room 3285 (Band Room)

Saturday, April 23, 2016


8:30am Registration

9:00am-10:50am Pedagogy & Folk Song Materials

Helen Van Spronsen

(Victoria & Vancouver)

Pedagogy & Materials will provide an overview of Kodály-inspired philosophy and methodology with a grand scope and sequence as well as activities and tools for teaching basic musical concepts from a Kodály-inspired point of view as well as tried and true songs, games and activities that lend themselves to pedagogical use in a Kodály-inspired way!
10:50am-11:20am Coffee Break

11:20am - 12:00pm Musicianship

Jacob Autio (Vancouver)

Stacey Awalt (Victoria)

Developing our personal musicianship is a unique facet to a Kodály institute program.  By gaining facility with sol-fa singing, rhythm reading, writing, and composing, as well as singing in canon with self and others we feel more prepared to ask the same thing of our students.

12:00pm -1:00pm Lunch

Victoria - Bring Your Own Bowl for Soup and Snacks

Vancouver- Bring Your Own Lunch, snacks provided

1:00pm - 2:30pm Choir & Conducting

Kerry Querns (Vancouver)

Teodora Gitberg (Victoria)

Choir gives us time to explore singing quality repertoire and a time to have effective warm ups demonstrated. Conducting will review fundamentals of simple and compound metres and give tips for basic score analysis to help build sequential rehearsals.

2:30pm-3:00pm Round Table

All clinicians from your workshop

A time to reflect on the day and ask any questions that may have emerged from all the sessions.

Fall 2015 Ready, Set, Sing!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Douglas College



Sarona Meinhardt: Children’s Choir 

Helen van Spronsen & Cathey Pedersen: Musicianship Tune-up 

Ian Delong: Learning Musical Literacy through Song, Play, Movement and Music Making


Fall 2015 Back in the Singing Saddle Again!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

University of Victoria

9:15am - 3:00pm


Gia Jane and Trish Eakins: Potpurri of Good Teaching Idea

Maureen Gary: 50 Ways to Build your Elementary Music Program

BCKSC Board: Make-and-Take Teaching Manipulatives Afternoon. Our board would like to show you some of their favourite manipulatives they use to help students achieve music literacy. Board members will each demonstrate a manipulative and then we will have time to make your own to take and use right away in your classrooms! This is a great time to socialize and get some great resources.

The BC Kodály Society Hosts

Kodály Society of Canada National Conference

Feburary 20-21, 2015

George Jay Elementary and University of Victoria

A series of inspirational and informative
Kodály workshops
Presented by Kodály experts from across Canada

The Music Menu- Jan Dammann

Add savory and spice to your routines. Flavorful reading and writing activities reinforce concepts in a most tasty manner.

Follow a Tune – Jo Yawney

The Purpose: to demonstrate how a relatively few number of specifically chosen songs can yield a wealth of musical concepts when presented sequentially, in accordance with Kodály pedagogy.

Our Canadian Landscape in Song- Ardelle Reis

The development of musical independence as demonstrated through part-singing is one of the most important and fulfilling objectives for Kodály music educators. Foundations for part-singing skills can and should be established early and sequentially nurtured. The creative use of physical movement, improvisation, and literacy tools (solfa & rhythm syllables) provide reinforcement, variety, flexibility, and expressive enjoyment. This session will review the steps to the development of part-singing and musicianship skills while on a pleasant musical journey across Canada.

Xylophone Fun from Early Literacy to Composition – Inge Illman

Xylophones are an excellent tool for teaching improvisation and composition, as well as teaching melodic and rhythmic concepts in the elementary music classroom. In this session, you will learn songs, activities and games that employ xylophones and metallophones as well as other classroom percussion instruments, to strengthen music literacy skills and provide opportunities for student creativity. Composing one's own music brings pride, empowerment, ownership, and differentiation is inherent in the process. We will explore ways that students of all ages and abilities can learn to compose and how composition can cement specific music theory or literacy concepts. We will practice various composition activities aimed at various ages, specifically Grades K-5. Come ready to sing, move, and play!

Freestyle! Kokas-inspired movement- Jacob Autio

This session will feature an introductory overview of the philosophy and activities of a direct student of Zoltan Kodály, Klara Kokas. Kokas linked listening to movement as a main component of teaching music to children. Get ready to move through a demonstration lesson and discover some of Klara’s teachings and philosophies to see how they can be incorporated into your practice.

Recorders in the Kodály-inspired classroom – Jody Stark

Kodály suggested that a good musician must have a well-developed ear, intelligence, heart, and hand. Quality recorder instruction provides an opportunity to developed all four. This session will explore teaching strategies that facilitate upper-elementary students’ growing musical understanding and provide students with quality music-making experiences. Topics will include introducing recorders, encouraging practice and good intonation, classroom management, differentiated instruction, and ways to facilitate musical thinking. Participants will be provided with repertoire suggestions and invited to actively participate on soprano and alto recorders. Bring a recorder and play along!

Jan Dammann- Jan has taught music for over 30 years. She currently teaches K – 6 music in St. Albert, Aberta, where she has enjoyed developing a sequential program and Workshop Music Education at the University of Calgary. She was President of the Alberta Kodály Association from 2003 – 2007 and has also been active in organizing music conferences. Music Education at the University of Calgary. She was President of the Alberta Kodály Association from 2003 – 2007 and has also been active in organizing music conferences. Comprehensive curriculum over several years in the same school. Jan received her diploma in Kodály.

Jo Yawney- Jo has a B.A. and M.A. from U.B.C as well as Montessori and Kodály method training. She currently teaches Kodály classes, private violin and viola lessons, elementary chamber music and theory classes and workshops as well as vocal coaching. Jo is an avid chamber music enthusiast, playing whenever she can!

Ardelle Reis- An Associate Professor of Music at the University of Alberta Augustana Faculty, Ardelle has conducted The Augustana Choir for a decade and is the founding director of Mannskor: Augustana’s Men’s Choir. Additional post-secondary teaching responsibilities include conducting, choral literature, and musicianship classes. With a strong musical and pedagogical foundation established at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Hungary, Ardelle has been on faculty as an aural musicianship specialist at the Kecskemét Kodály Conservatory, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the University of Calgary. In July 2015, she will teach in the Kodály Level One course offered by the University of Alberta Faculty of Education and will lead seminars at the International Kodály Seminar in Kecskemét, Hungary. Ardelle served on the board of the Alberta Choral Federation for nearly a decade and is the 2013 recipient of the Richard S. Eaton Award of Distinction in recognition for exemplary service to choral music in the province of Alberta. Ardelle is an advisor for the Alberta Kodály Association and serves on the board of directors for the Kodály Society of Canada and the International Kodály Society.

Inge Illman-Inge teaches music and directs choirs at Glenlyon Norfolk School in Victoria. She incorporates elements of various music education methodologies, however the Kodály philosophy and curriculum is the backbone of her literacy based program. Inge is passionate about bringing music theory to life through singing games, action songs and her original stories. More recently, as an IB music teacher, Inge simultaneously connects her units with units of inquiry in the homeroom classroom, creating deeper understanding and appreciation for her students. Inge has a Bachelor of Music in Voice from the University of Victoria. She is the past president of the BC branch of the Kodály Society of Canada and a past director on the national board.

Jacob Autio- Jacob is a musician educator in Campbell River, BC teaching at two K-5 elementary schools. His Kodály-inspired program has a large focus on the community culture that is built through singing together. He is currently the president of the BC Kodály Society and the incoming editor of the KSC Journal, Alla Breve. Mr. Autio holds his Bachelor of Music from the University of Ottawa, his Masters of Music in euphonium performance, and his Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria. He currently has his Kodály Level 2 from the University of Victoria and plans to pursue his Level 3 at the International Kodály Symposium in Camrose, Alberta in in 2017. In 2013, Jake attended the International Kodály Symposium in Kecskemét, Hungary where he was introduced to the teachings of Klara Kokas. Jacob also sings and conducts with the renowned Island Voices Chamber Choir.

Jody Stark - Jody teaches music and music education at Concordia University College of Alberta where she was also the Executive Director of Concordia’s award-winning choral music and teacher education program Singspiration/Inspiration for Teachers. In addition to her work at Concordia, Ms. Stark teaches the pedagogy and materials component of a certified graduate-level Kodály teacher education program which she helped to start at the University of Alberta. Prior to this, she taught elementary school and choral music in both French Immersion and English settings for many years. Her background includes studies at the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary and with Lois Choksy at the University of Calgary, and a Masters in Music Education from the University of Alberta. Jody is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta where she is studying music teacher professional learning. She has served on the executive of the Alberta Kodály Association for almost 20 years in a variety of roles including president, journal editor, conference organizer, and, more recently, advisor, and is the vice-chair for the 2017 International Kodály Symposium which will be held in the lovely Camrose, Alberta.

September 2014 Start-up

Jacob Autio- “Do We Sound Like One?”
Jo Yawney- “See Saw and Solfa”
Laurel Parliament (Facilitator)- Lesson Plan and Classroom Management Discussion and Brainstorm
9:00am- 2:00pm September 13, 2014
University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building A166

It’s Never Too Late to Begin

Clinician: Connie Foss More
1:00-3:00 PM, February 21, 2014
Central Middle School
1280 Fort St, Victoria
Free Workshop
Courtsey of SD 61 LSA and BCKSC

Kodály Orff Workshop

Pam Hetrick (Burnaby), Orff Levels Instructor
Helen Van Spronsen (Pemberton), Kodály Music Specialist
Cathy Pedersen (Surrey), Kodály Music Specialist
9:00 am -3:00 pm February 21, 2014
Woodward Hill Elementary School, 6082 – 142nd St
Free workshop
Courtesy of Surrey District

Sept 21 Ideas from Hungary, Solfege for Choirs and Xylophones

Saturday September 21, 2013 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building A166
Music and Music Education in the 21st Century- Ideas from Hungary
Jake Autio
Kodály-Inspired Choral Warm-Ups
Nathan Georgeson
Orff Xylophones from a Kodály Perspective
Darlene Ngo

Sing Your Way to Instruments!

Saturday, September 14, 2013 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Douglas College, 700 Royal Ave, New Westminster (Band Rm 3285)
Canons, Chords and Cadences, Oh My!
Helen von Spronsen
Susan Seneshen
See Saw and Solfa
Jo Yawney
Orff Xylophones from a Kodály Perspective
Darlene Ngo

Mary Kennedy and Connie Foss More

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 9:30 am-2 pm,
MacLaurin Building A166, University of Victoria
1) Mary Kennedy: Listening: Attentive, Engaged and Enactive
2) Connie Foss More: Musical Gymnastics

BC Kodály Society Presents

A Day with Alison Temple
Instrumental Fun for Elementary Classes
Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 9:00am- 3:00pm
Ecole Quadra Elementary at 3031 Quadra St, Victoria, BC
I: BEGINNER RECORDER: 9:00 - 10:10am
II: CONTINUING RECORDER: 10:30 - 12 noon
III: "TUTTI" PIECES: 1:00 - 2:00PM
IV: MAT-DRUMMING FOR ALL: 2:00 - 3:00pm

The BC Kodály Society Hosts

Encore National KSC Mini-Conference
February 17-18, 2011
Ecole Quadra Elementary - Victoria, BC
A series of inspirational and informative
Kodály workshops
Presented by Kodály experts from across Canada
Jan Taylor-Bilenki – Game Songs
Susan Drayson – Singing and Simultaneity: For Babies and Beyond
Darlene Ngo – Playing Orff Xylophones from the Kodály Perspective
Dr. Elia Peterson – Musicianship for the Music Teacher
“Musicianship for the Music Teacher”
Dr. Eila Peterson
Mindful and Feelingful interaction with music enriches our lives. That is the conviction that we strive to instill in our students. If we are to do that convincingly, then we must nourish our own musical souls, not simply through passive listening, but also by searching out deeper and richer musical experiences. What time can we, as busy teachers, find to expand our own musical literacy skills? Any time there is music in the air, or music in our heads. People learn more easily, and more thoroughly, when playing than when working. This session will explore some strategies for playing with the “stuff” that music is made of in ways that can develop our musical memory and “polyphonic thinking” as well as our understanding of pitch, harmony, rhythm, and form.
"Playing Orff Xylophones from a Kodály Perspective"
Darlene Ngo
This will be a hands-on session with a process that extends musical literacy skills beyond singing to playing Orff xylophones. The session will use examples of song material from grade 2 to 6 to teach proper mallet technique. We will also touch on working from solfege to absolute pitch as well as include unison and part playing. Dress comfortably as we will sit on the floor!
“Game Songs”
Jan Taylor- Bilenki
This will be a lively, active session which demonstrates how game songs can be used to achieve various teaching objectives in music as well as other subject areas. Jan will share many ideas for choosing game songs and teaching them effectively.
"Singing and Simultaneity: For Babies and Beyond"
Susan Drayson
This session will immerse you into the experience of 2-part development for your students from their infancy to adulthood! Encourage the growth of various musical skill by performing and comprehending beat, rhythm, and melody all at the same time!!
Encore Clinicians
Dr. Eila Peterson
Eila’s passion for aural skills training began during her undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, where sightsinging classes with Ilona Bartalus became a opportunity for learning and loving great musical literature. Since then, she has taught in the public school system for 8 years, completed a Master of Music degree at the University of Calgary, specializing in Kodály music education, and has been teaching at the post-secondary level since 1986. Since earning a PhD in music education from Northwestern University, Eila has taught in Edmonton at the U. of A. and King’s University College, as well as working with community musicians through Festival City Winds Music Society, and presenting numerous workshops.
Darlene Ngo
Darlene Ngo, born in Prince George, BC, holds a Bachelor of Education (Music) from the University of Victoria, an ARCT piano diploma from the Royal Conservatory of the University of Toronto as well as a Master of Music (Kodály) from the University of Calgary. She is an Elementary Kodály specialist whose passion is to inspire the love of music and develop musical literacy through music classes and choir programs. Darlene has taught Music K-6 and English Language Arts in Campbell River for 19 years. Currently, she is teaching music in two elementary schools, is the chairperson of Campbell River Music Educators’ Association, Registrar of the BC Kodály Society of Canada as well as Treasurer of the Kodály Society of Canada.
Jan Taylor-Bilenki
Jan Taylor-Bilenki earned her Bachelor of Education (Music Major) from the U of A in 1980, and in 1983, she received a Diploma of Fine Arts (Emphasis on Kodály Music Pedagogy) from the University of Calgary. Jan has taught as a K-6 Music Specialist in Alberta throughout her teaching career, including eighteen years in St. Albert, and in Calgary since 1998. Jan is currently teaching music at River Valley School; and at Mount Royal Conservatory in the Early Childhood Kodály Musicianship Program.
Jan has also served as a professional development clinician for many organizations including teachers’ conventions, the Alberta Assessment Consortium, the Northwest Regional Learning Consortium, the Central Alberta Regional Consortium, the Early Childhood Education Council, Singspiration at Concordia University, the University of Calgary Kodály Summer Program, the Kodály Society of Canada and the Alberta Kodály Association. During the summer session 2001, Jan was on the faculty at the University of Calgary as instructor for the Graduate Kodály Diploma Program (second year pedagogy).
Susan Drayson
Susan Drayson, M.Mus. (Kodály), B.Mus. (Elementary Music Education), B.Ed., Cert.Mus. (Kodály) Susan began her career as an elementary school music specialist in Ontario, during which time she studied at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Hungary. In 1998, Susan moved to Alberta to commence studies in the Masters of Music program at the University of Calgary. She is the Coordinator and an instructor of the Early Childhood Kodály Musicianship Program at Mount Royal Conservatory, where she also teaches in the “Music with Your Baby” program. She is a graduate of the Laurier Kodály Music Education Program and for several years was an instructor and administrator with the UofC Kodály Summer Program. Susan is a former member of the Kodály Society of Ontario, a Past-President of the Alberta Kodály Association, and honoured and delighted to on the KSC board!


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